UAE governments support expansion of biometrics for online services and age verification

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), will provide all of its services online through facial biometric authentication.

The news was reported by the Khaleej Times, which quoted senior manager and project director Fatima Salem Al Mazroui speaking with the publication at the Gitex Global 2022 event earlier this week.

“We aim to have all GDRFA services and transactions processed through facial biometrics,” says Al Mazroui.

“All GDRFA services such as application for residence, visa or any other service, will be accessible and verified with facial biometrics. Dubai residents will not be required to use a passport or any other document to verify themselves.

The executive adds that while the GDRFA is working quickly to launch it as soon as possible, it is difficult to provide a specific timeline as the implementation of each type of service has a different procedure.

Al Mazroui also confirmed that the Directorate recently launched a new version of its app which unifies its services into a single app, allowing residents to contact GDRFA directly with any questions.

The announcement comes more than a year after management confirmed that Dubai airports had reached 122 biometric smart gates deployed for expedited passenger passport checks.

Al Ansari Exchange launches selfie biometrics for KYC and age checks

Al Ansari has become the first exchange company in the UAE to implement a digital know-your-customer (eKYC) journey in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Interior (MOI).

The KYC service uses MOI’s digital face verification biometric gateway service, launched last year, to provide identity validation, including age verification.

“The ministry proactively invests in advanced technologies and uses them to develop services creatively in line with government guidelines to adopt best technologies in digital services,” says Colonel Dr. Ahmed Saeed Al Shamsi of the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates.

“MOI has developed the Digital Face Verification Gateway service within its work system to improve the government’s pioneering work process by providing smart solutions that exceed customer expectations and to maintain the safety and security journey. security.”

The rollout comes amid substantial growth in the adoption of facial biometric technologies in the country (and region). In fact, May figures from The Insight Partners suggest that the facial recognition market in the Middle East and Africa is expected to grow from $161.97 million in 2021 to $355.62 million by 2028. This would represent a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.9%. from 2021 to 2028.

For example, Dubai Police deployed the first of 400 smart patrol vehicles with facial recognition in March. More recently, facial recognition provider RecFaces announced the opening of a new training center in Dubai.

Article topics

age verification | biometrics | Dubai | facial biometrics | face authentication | government services | KYC | Middle East | mobile app | United Arab Emirates

Veronica J. Snell